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Student-athletes can now take up to 15 official visits, which begins August 1 before their junior year.

The NCAA also created new rules on when college coaches can see athletes.

The NCAA launched a commission and set of subcommittees to address the fallout from the FBI investigation into the college basketball industry, resulting in several policy shifts, including the assigning of responsibility to USA Basketball for something the organization had already told the NCAA it wanted no part: bearing responsibility for selecting elite senior high school prospects who will be allowed to sign with registered agents.

The NCAA will also allow agents to pay for a student athlete's expenses related to the agent selection process or are associated with meetings with the agent or a pro team. However, the agents must be certified by the NCAA. "Elite" players that go undrafted must notify their athletic director about returning to school by 5 p.m. Monday following the draft.

The NCAA and its member schools are part of the broader higher education community, and today's actions renew our commitment to our core objective - preparing students for a lifetime of opportunity. Athletes can also take five beyond October 15 after their high school graduation.

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The Rice Commission announced its recommendations in April, laying out a future of the sport that looked to eliminate the type of malfeasance that attracted a federal investigation.

The initial response was that it appeared as though, for the first time in a long time, the NCAA had done something good that benefits the players.

"These changes will promote integrity in the game, strengthen accountability and prioritize the interest of student-athletes over every other factor", NCAA president Mark Emmert said in a statement.

Schools found to be in violation of NCAA rules face stricter penalties, including longer postseason bans (up to five years), coach suspensions (potentially beyond one season), employment limitations, recruiting restrictions and loss of revenue from basketball.


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